In general, craniosacral therapy training courses may promote:
- Healing, alleviating a range of illness and dysfunction, including chronic pain, central nervous system disorders, head and neck pain, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, seizure disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic sinusitis, and more
- Improved functioning of the autonomic nervous system, enabling the body to respond more effectively to stress
- Improved immune system function
- Release of tissue and bone restrictions, improving mobility
- Tension release
- Pain alleviation
- Energy flow
- Overall relaxation and revitalization
You can learn how to alleviate the restrictions on the craniosacral flow that can cause illness, pain, and dysfunction with craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy is a holistic, hands-on technique in which the practitioner creates very subtle movements, mostly along the bony structures of the cranium and at the sacrum, using concepts that date back thousands of years and buttressed by 20th century medical research.
The craniosacral system covers the area from the cranium to the sacrum, including the structures of the brain, the spinal column, the spinal cord, the network of nerves branching from the spinal cord, the connective tissue involved between the bones of the vertebral column and spinal cord, and, finally, the cerebrospinal fluid of the body. A set of rhythms — the “breath of life” — are central to the functioning of the craniosacral system, and they can be palpated.
To understand how craniosacral therapy affects the “breath of life,” the flow of energy through the body, professionals need an understanding of the anatomy of the craniosacral system . The craniosacral system includes the cranium, all the bones of the vertebral column, the sacrum, the brain, the spinal cord, the meninges, and cerebrospinal fluid which runs throughout the system.
Craniosacral therapy is not recommended in cases of:
- Severe systemic infections
- Recent skull fracture
- Intracranial hemorrhage, or aneurysm
- Herniation of the brain stem
Craniosacral therapy has been successfully used to treat headaches, problems with the temporomandibular joint (the hinge of the jaw, often called the TMJ), nervous system disorders, and stress.
As humans we tend to hold on to emotions from events in our lives. By holding on to emotions and not having an efficient way to let them go, restrictions or pain are created in our bodies. We all know this to be true, but we don’t often pause to realize just how many unexpressed emotions, painful memories, and stress are actually held within our bodies. Take a moment right now to think of a current stress in your life or a previous painful memory. What do you notice within your body? Can you feel the subtle (or perhaps not so subtle) tightness anywhere?
Through SER (SomatoEmotional Release) those restrictions and emotions have a safe way of releasing from the body. SomatoEmotional Release is another component of CST. It is through SER that the residual effects of trauma that people have gone through in their lives can safely and effectively release. SER allows our bodies to let go of past trauma by unwinding and allowing what is ready to release to finally come out. SomatoEmotional Release can be a different experience for each and every person. It’s hard to tell how a person needs to release restrictions that have been causing them any kind of pain. Sometimes dialogue is done between the therapist and client, working together to come up with the best way to let the emotions go. Other times clients are silent while the therapist follows the way that their bodies want to move and gently assists them in that process, allowing the restrictions and emotions to release.